This past Saturday, Australian-bred band Camp Cope stopped at the Church for a sold-out show with Philly locals Thin Lips and New York’s Oceanator. Their set featured cameos from Kiley Lotz of Petal, members of Thin Lips, and Elise Okusami of Oceanator. Playing through most of their two LPs and throwing in a new solo song from frontperson Goergia Maq, there wasn’t a slow moment in their performance. Clearly having developed a dedicated following of their catchy, complex rock while also handling tough topics with their lyrics, the Melbourne three-piece showed off the power their songs have, even halfway across the world from their hometown. Continue reading →
The last time Australian punk trio Camp Cope was in town, their second LP How To Socialise and Make Friends was brand new and they played back-to-back sold-out shows at PhilaMOCA on a co-headlining run with Petal. Now they’re back for round two: a headlining show in the basement of the First Unitarian Church on Saturday, April 27th. Continue reading →
Camp Cope is the kind of band that, when they release new material, you know you need to listen right away — not only because their songs are gorgeously crafted and just the right amount of catchy, but because there’s an urgency to Georgia Maq and crew’s music, a sense of importance that can’t be ignored. Luckily, our wait for new Camp Cope tunes is over. How To Socialise & Make Friends is out now via Run For Cover Records, and it’s the Australian trio’s most powerful release yet.
To go along with the album, the band announced a run of U.S. tour dates, which launch Thursday, June 21st at PhilaMOCA in Fishtown. Scrantonian indie rock singer-songwriter Petal joins them, and more information on the gig can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
When I woke up yesterday, my plans for the evening were about the same as most Tuesday nights so far this summer: Go to work, leave around nine and get home in time to watch the Phillies lose. Then I saw the news that Melbourne, Australia’s best punk rockers, Camp Cope, were headlining a last-minute gig at the Trocadero Balcony — last night. If the punk rock gods were kind enough, I maybe hada chance to make it in time for Camp Cope’s set, the last of a four-band bill.
I made it. It was as great as expected. I am sorry to Kississippi, Who Loves You and Larry Nodder, the first three acts of the night. Work commitment kept me away just long enough to miss you all. I’m sure you were great, and I’m hopeful any readers in attendance can attest to such an assumption in the comments.
Considering my attendance was as impulsive as the show itself, I did not record the order of the setlist. I can recall at least five numbers from the band’s lone LP — “Done,” “Lost (Season One),” “Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams,” “Trepidation” and “Stove Lighter” — two from their more recent split with Cayetana — “Keep Growing,” “Footscray Station” — and, as pointed out in this Facebook-comment fan video, one new song. Whatever order those songs were played in doesn’t matter because what they sounded like was near-perfect. Continue reading →
Melbourne, Australia punk rock power trio Camp Cope is making the rounds on the east coast this month, playing dates with Cayetana, Worriers, Thin Lips and more on the heels of its news that the band has joined the venerable Run For Cover Records family. I caught them at the Skid Row Garage in York a week and a half ago; they were fantastic, and I’m psyched to report that they’ll play a last minute gig much closer to home tonight. Just announced last night (!), Camp Cope takes to the stage at The Trocadero Balcony this evening with Kississippi, Who Loves You — who, cool timing, just got written up in Items Tagged Philadelphia — and Larry Nodder. Tickets and more information on the gig are available here. Fun fact: Camp Cope’s self-titled release was one of The Key’s 16 Albums You Shouldn’t Overlook in 2016. Here’s what our Marc Snitzer had to say at the time: “In the record’s eight tracks, singer Georgia Maq lets us in far past the point of oversharing; the frustration, fear and grief expressed in ‘Lost (Season One)’ and ‘Song for Charlie,’ delivered through her thick Aussie accent and complemented by her bandmates’ ragtag percussion, feel like the kind of things we learn to keep locked up in private. You could call that radical transparency, or tenderness, or both. But it makes for startlingly good singalong fodder.” Give it a listen below. Continue reading →
A lineup that includes the likes of Cayetana, Worriers and Camp Cope is good enough on its own. To ask for anything more than a trio of that quality would just be greedy. But when the three bands play next month at Skid Row Garage in York (the show was originally supposed to be in Lancaster at Chameleon Club’s Lizard Lounge, but has since been moved), one more newly added group of rockers will join them: Lancaster’s Sleepy Limbs. Continue reading →
Were you planning on seeing Philly punk trio Cayetana in Lancaster on July 7th? Bad news and good news; the original gig at Lizard Lounge was cancelled, but a new one has taken its place. The band — who is performing with local friends Worriers and the touring trio Camp Cope, from Australia — is now performing at Skid Row Garage in York. Continue reading →
While we’re on the subject of outstanding releases to look forward to this spring, consider this your PSA: the sophomore record from Cayetana is going to blow your minds. On New Kind of Normal, the Philly punk trio expands its sound into more simmering and atmospheric zones than we’ve heard from it in the past, while simultaneously kicking out some of the most revved-up anthems of its catalog.
The band treated us to a rooftop performance a couple sunny Saturdays ago, and we’ll have that video — along with an interview — for the next installment of The Key Presents. For now, we bring you an exciting piece of tour news. Continue reading →
Earlier this year, Philadelphia DIY scene faves Cayetana toured Australia for the first time with Melbourne’s Camp Cope. The two punk power trios hit it off remarkably well, and are celebrating that kinship with the release of a new 7″ on Poison City Records.
The split, which releases on January 20th, features two new songs from each band – below, you can get a taste of it with Cayetana’s excellent new slow-burner “Trails.” Like a lot of their best work, it starts hushed and progressively gets more emotive and intense as frontwoman Augusta Koch meditates on failure and forgiveness. Continue reading →